For this Lunar New Year, Maison Hennessy has collaborated with acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Liu Wei for a specially commissioned artwork titled “SPRING,” conceived as a sensorial invitation to experience the season of rebirth through an almost kaleidoscopic painting that imparts a feeling of joy.
The Year of the Ox is traditionally associated with openness, talent and confidence and in spirit of the notion, Maison Hennessy granted Liu Wei carte blanche to herald an auspicious period that carries the promise of hope, togetherness and bright horizons in addition to a design for its special Chinese New Year editions of the Hennessy collection and found a kindred spirit in Liu Wei, whose dynamic, abstract painting “SPRING” brims with colour, movement and a sense of transformation.
“In cognac-making, there is space for infinite imagination. It’s about exploring the unknown and taking nothing for granted.” – Liu Wei
From the surrounding vineyards to the distilleries and the Founder’s Cellar, the artist was left fascinated and impressed with the storied history and technique of assemblage when he first visited The Maison Hennessy’s Cognac. Liu Wei conceived “SPRING” as a sensorial invitation to experience the season of rebirth through an almost kaleidoscopic painting that imparts a feeling of joy.
“Cognac-making is an art because discerning aromas and flavors also depends on emotions. There is space for infinite imagination,” observed Liu Wei. “This cognac-making is limitless, it’s about exploring the unknown and taking nothing for granted.”
“Maison Hennessy is sort of a culture unto itself. In Cognac, I realized how much time and patience it requires to craft a barrel or perfect a blend. In a world where so many people work like machines, Maison Hennessy focuses on the excellence of the gesture. We both bring the world’s beauty to life through art: what we create is a contemporary expression of emotion,” says Liu Wei.
As a prolongation of this exceptional collaboration, two cocktails were inspired by “SPRING” —Hennessy Spring Freshness and Hennessy Spring Blossom—that conjure the spontaneous, joyous nature of the season of rebirth.